The copper wire industry might consider a new slogan: "The booty so nice, they'll steal it twice." This revelation comes after the same spool of wire, stolen from a Pocatello warehouse, turned up in a nearby recycling facility two times from different thieves within a five-day period.
Police arrested James Worden II, 31, and William Seibert, 41, and charged them with the second theft, according to a report in the Idaho State Journal. Doug Wolf of Pocatello, the main suspect in the first incident, was already in the Bonneville County Jail for grand theft. According to warehouse owner Sid Poulton, the spool was so easily identifiable by its yellow inventory numbers, and even the recycling employees knew something was up.
"The gal at Pacific knew it was mine," Poulton told the Journal. "She saw it before and recognized the yellow paint."
Worden and Seibert are also accused of kipping 500 feet of fiber optic cable from the warehouse, and reportedly had three-foot-long bolt cutters and battery-powered saws in the back of their truck when arrested. Pocatello Police Captain Kirk Nelson said it appears to investigators that Seibert, Poulton and Wolf are acquainted, and may have undertaken similar thefts previously in nearby cities.